Taiwan aids Solomon Islands pig farming
Over the last three years the government of Taiwan has
provided material assistance to improve pig farming in the Solomon Islands. In
December 2007 this assistance was consolidated by the opening of a
Taiwanese-government-funded workshop on pig farming management in Honiara, the
capital of the South Pacific nation.
The three-day workshop was aimed at improving the skills and knowledge of
rural pig farmers in the Solomon Islands as there were many interested Solomon
Island pig farmers who wanted to improve their skills and knowledge.
Taiwanese Ambassador, George Chan, would opened the workshop, said that
although various livestock development projects had been started in the Solomon
Islands - raising pigs remained one of the successful livestock activities in
the country. This was because in Melanesian culture animals such as pigs were a
token of wealth, tribute of compensation, cooperation and reconciliation, and
also gifts for wedding ceremonies and other ceremonies.
The pig raising project was started by Taiwan in the Solomon Islands under
the name of the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) three years ago and has helped
numerous farmers throughout the provinces by improving farmers' skills,
management, knowledge, disease prevention as well as productivity.
The TTM has concluded that the Solomon Islands has the best breed of
pigs and the most suitable for formulated feed.
"With these developments, farmers from different provinces have pledged their
commitment in participating in this workshop to know more about pig farming
management," Chan said. "Under the Taiwanese- project more priority would be
given in establishing more piggery projects around the Solomon Islands: helping
the islanders on how to be more productive farmers".
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